MEN: Manchester is sky blue
- 13 May 2014 08:39
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Not exactly a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ but rather after the show at the Lord Mayor’s following yesterday’s open top bus parade around Manchester for City.
An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of the city to pay homage to their heroes who jetted off for a visit to Abu Dhabi a couple of hours after the celebrations had ended.
So with the odd piece of tickertape blowing in the wind and more than a few sore heads still being nursed, here’s a somewhat more relaxed round-up of today’s sky blue press coverage.
We’ll start in the most logical place for local coverage – The Manchester Evening News, where Mike Keegan writes: “Manchester is blue - that was the message from celebrating City stars as 100,000 took to the streets to hail Manuel Pellegrini’s heroes.
“Captain Vincent Kompany led the Premier League and Capital One Cup champs on an open-top bus tour of the city in front of an adoring public.
“And both he and midfielder Samir Nasri took a swipe at United while showing of their silverware to crowds that packed Albert Square and brought Deansgate to a standstill.
After lifting the trophy they secured on Sunday to raucous cheers in front of the town hall, Kompany, already a terrace hero, further endeared himself to the City faithful by declaring: ‘Manchester is blue today and it’s a pretty sight. The streets are blue, the skies are blue, the moon is blue as everyone knows!”
“The skipper also warned the football world that Manuel’s Marvels were not finished yet.
‘There has to be more,’ he roared, ‘always more!”’ before promising further glory would soon be on the way. We are growing, We did it in style. That’s what I like and that’s what I want to do in the future - keep winning in style.’”
Sorry Mike, but don’t see how any of that is a swipe at United?
We’ll round off with today with a look ahead to the World Cup – now looming on the horizon – and James Milner’s response to Greg Dyke’s comments about the lack of English talent playing for the Premier League champions.
The Independent carry the story, but the quotes are everywhere this morning. They write:
“’It would be better for England if the percentage of English players were higher in the Premier League. Some teams have got more, some have got less but, overall, the percentage is the lowest it has ever been,’ Milner said.
‘But I have spent four years playing alongside David Silva, Sergio Aguero and these kinds of stars and I am a better player than I was four years ago. You are constantly fighting for your place. You are under pressure every time you step out on to the pitch.
“When I go into World Cup games, it will be no different to the pressure I face every week at City to keep my place in the team – and that is what will help English football.’
“Asked if the years spent playing in the same midfield as Silva, Samir Nasri and Yaya Touré had made him a better footballer technically or mentally, Milner replied: ‘Both. I think the experience of playing in big games in the Champions League, where the pressure is so high, and then winning league titles can only help in a World Cup.’”
More City-related news tomorrow…